Anthony Mackie is pretty confident in his role as Falcon in Captain America: Civil War. In fact, he says he's the film's "secret weapon," at least in terms of audience buy-in.
"I'm being used strategically to ask the audience's questions," Mackie said at a cast roundtable (via SuperHeroHype). "So when Scarlet Witch is all [mimics her spell-casting motions], I'm like, 'You saw that? Right. Just making sure you f'in saw that.' Scarlet Witch and her crazy rave baby technique and Ant-Man riding an ant. All right, cool."
Mackie also explained that audiences will see Falcon develop even further than in his previous three film appearances.
"I think moreso in this one that I didn’t get to do before is become my own person. Now everyone knows who I am, so it’s not ‘Who’s the flying guy?’ It’s more, ‘Hey, Falcon’s here.’ You get to see my relationship with everyone else has grown as opposed to being the new guy on the team.”
Still, despite Falcon's observational qualities towards his teammates, there's one thing it took Mackie some time to realize - that his character is a full-fledged Avenger.
“When we were at the premiere, I was like 'Cool, I’m with my son and he gets to see his daddy in two scenes in The Avengers,'” Mackie told Yahoo!. “By the end of the movie I turn around and they’re like, 'Avengers Assemble!’ I’m like, 'Holy s–t! I’m an Avenger!'"
"So I turn around to everybody with me and they were like, 'Dude, you’re a frickin’ Avenger! This is f–king amazing!’"
“I had no idea. I flew in, Chris [Evans] and Scarlett [Johannson] are up top and the rest of us are standing there," Mackie explained. "It was like, 'Cut. Anthony, fly in. Action. Hrm-hrm-hrm. Cut. Alright, thanks!’ That was pretty much it. Six months later you go to a premiere and you s–t yourself. Everybody was like, 'Why are you so excited?’ I’m like, 'I just found out I’m an Avenger!’”
Falcon's appearance in Captain America: Civil War will mark Mackie's fourth time portraying the character on film, counting Captain America: Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man. The film hits theaters May 6.